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dobbo last won the day on June 18 2015

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  1. Gav did the bodywork on mine with a full body off respray about 3 (4?) years ago and happy to recommend him. He didn't do the spraying, but has a good contact. Also agree with CCC, who did the front of our Jag when someone shunted the front end across, damaging various stuff underneath as well.
  2. No interest in these ? Directors - Are we OK to dispose of these at the end of August or do any of you want them ?
  3. Remember the old MLOC banner and flag ? The ~3m long PVC printed banner was used on stakes at the various events, and the flag was flown when possible. Sonya and I became custodians several years ago but as it's the old logo (the barcode), I guess they won't get used any more. They're not ours to sell as they belong to MLOC. So if MLOC directors don't agree to their disposal, please let me know and I'll delete this ad. If there are no objections, highest donations by the end of August to MLOC gets them (one for the banner, one for the flag. Or a combined offer for the two). Unfortunately, we can't make LiTP this year, so the winner(s) will need to collect. The photo shows two banners and one flag (MLOC at Hethel for Lotus' 60th). Neither the banner nor the flag are in as good condition as the photo.. Cheers, Chris
  4. pm sent. Ta
  5. Have a small favour to ask if you could pm me. Ta Chris
  6. Apart from everything that's already been said, I think our house-warming was quite a (non-official) MLOC event. How many Lotii can you see ? I think a couple more arrived after this lot. The back garden became a bit of a campsite and fortunately we also still had the previous house (2 doors away) when we ran out of floor space. I won't mention who "painted" the toilet in that house...
  7. Will have a look mate. If I don't post back, I've forgotten, so remind me ;-)
  8. BZP bolts are often not rated for strength at all. Also, the strength relates to the load the bolt can sustain under axial tension, rather than bending load (see below). I'm not going to suggest that Mike doesn't know his stuff, but one problem with fitting stronger bolts to the original design is that you can transfer the stresses from somewhere designed to flex to somewhere else that isn't. Perhaps Lotus designed around an 8.8, or perhaps it was the bolt that they had 1000s of in the parts bin. One other problem with rose joints is lack of lubrication / dirt ingress causing it to seize (as I'm sure you already know). If a joint were starting to seize, rather than acting as a ball-joint it would transfer a bending load to a bolts at either end. once this starts, it is massively amplified in the bottom of the threads and causes fatigue cracking at the bottom of a thread. It is nearly impossible to identify during any inspection (even if you took the bolts out and did a dye-penetrant inspection, then refitted the good ones). Once fatigue has started, a stronger but more brittle bolt is more likely to snap under impact load compared to high cornering loads. With racing situations, frequent examination / replacement would reduce this risk. I had the Spitfire toe-links fitted some years ago and have done loads more than 2 track days (albeit slower than you...) on sticky tyres. I don't know what bolts are fitted though. I could check if you want ? Some kits also come with a small shroud to fit over the inboard links, this spreads the load to the chassis through extra fixings, but obviously isn't your issue if your failure was at the hub end. Worth contacting DerbyJim, who had a similar failure. I'm pretty sure his was also at the outboard end (of the OS toelink).
  9. Black seems to be discontinued on EP.
  10. I've always used Inner Ring (now Mr Tyre). Happy to fit my tyres and do proper (high speed) balancing.
  11. No idea on actual polish to use, but I have a little-used polisher you're welcome to borrow. Thought I'd use it on the Elise but it's too big to get into a lot of the curves.
  12. Also, the bracket for the slave cylinder is pretty flexible. Eliseparts sell a stiffer one.
  13. I've read that the clutch is really hard to bleed correctly, so might be worth having a few more goes. It's not as easy as brakes because with brakes you get a firm pedal that then goes to the floor when bleeding whereas the clutch pedal is designed to go to the floor anyway. I think you can make it more like brake bleeding by blocking the slave cylinder movement and therefore when you open the bleed nipple you are actually pushing fluid through the system. Not tried it myself, but makes sense to me. Also, until it's sorted, it might be worth trying 2nd immediately before 1st when selecting 1st from stand still. This worked with my old one when we had the red clutch pipe syndrome (that caused the slave cylinder to not travel fully).
  14. The charcoal canister valve is a solenoid valve, so is usually a clicking noise rather than knocking, but that could depend how bad the valve is. Easy enough to check, though. Simple connector for the wiring with a spring tab to release it. Car will run fine with it disconnected and no MoT issues either, which makes you wonder why it was ever fitted ! Not sure where it is on the S2, but this should help (still looks like the engine bulkhead behind the pax seat) https://www.deroure.com/partinfo.asp?MAK=0&MDL=0&TBL=0&SMA=1&SMO=14&ST=charcoal&SC=0&PBID=40084 Unfortunately, DeRoure says this part has been replaced, and also shows the replacement as obsolete !
  15. Have a good one, Leigh